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The Trojan Story

    One of the most significant collections in Trojan’s immense catalogue, the ‘The Trojan Story’ album dramatically changed the perception of Jamaican music among the general British public outside of the country’s Afro-Caribbean population.

    Prior to its release in 1971 there had never been an attempt to present a comprehensive anthology of the island’s musical development, with vintage ska, rock steady and reggae widely regarded as obsolete and of precious little merit.

    The treble disc set, which became an instant best-seller, had been the brainchild of Trojan’s label manager and Black Music fan, Rob Bell, who, assisted by Trojan stalwarts, Dandy, Webster Shrowder and Joe Sinclair, produced arguably the most significant Jamaican music retrospectives of all time.

    Now, 50 years following its original release, this hugely influential album has been revisited by Bell, along with reggae musician, Rusty Zinn, who have succeeded in improving what was already an almost perfect collection.

    Presented in the original eye-catching artwork, the set is further enhanced by a highly illustrated 50-page booklet in which Bell relates the stories behind the release and the 50 tracks featured on the compilation.


    TRACK LISTING

    3LP Vinyl  tracklisting:
    LP 1
    Side A
    1. Invitation To Jamaica – Lord Tanamo
    2. Fat Man – Derrick Morgan
    3. Tell Me Darling – Jackie Edwards
    4. Running Around – Owen Gray
    5. Miss Jamaica – Jimmy Cliff
    6. Housewife’s Choice – Derrick And Patsy
    7. Give Me All Of Your Love – The Continentals
    8. Darling Patricia – Owen Gray

    Side B
    1. Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole
    2. Man To Man – Kentrick Patrick
    3. Uno-Dos-Tres – Stranger & Ken
    4. Slow Boat – Al T. Joe
    5. Rude Boy – Duke Reid’s Group
    6. Gone Is Yesterday – Higgs & Wilson
    7. I'm In The Mood For Ska – Lord Tanamo
    8. Virginia Ska – The Baba Brooks Band
    9. Satan – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

    LP 2
    Side A
    1. One Eyed Giant – Baba Brooks & His Band
    2. Every Night – Joe White And Chuck
    3. King Size – Baba Brooks & His Band
    4. Syncopate – The Astronauts
    5. Keep The Pressure On – Winston & George
    6. Oh Babe – The Techniques
    7. Train To Skaville – The Ethiopians
    8. Rudy, A Message To You - Dandy Livingstone

    Side B
    1. Dreader Than Dread – Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
    2. It's Raining – The Three Tops
    3. The Whip – The Ethiopians
    4. Pretty Africa – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    5. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis & The Flames
    6. Rock Steady Train – Ewan & Jerry
    7. King Without A Throne – Sugar Simone
    8. Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon

    LP 3
    Side A
    1. Musical Train – Roy Shirley
    2. Do The Beng Beng – Derrick Morgan
    3. Way Of Life - Lynn Taitt & The Jets
    4. Second Fiddle – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
    5. People Funny Boy – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
    6. I've Got To Get You Off My Mind – The Tennors
    7. Do The Reggay – The Maytals
    8. Nana – The Slickers

    Side B
    1. Tell Me Baby – Delano Stewart
    2. Mama Look Deh – The Reggae Boys
    3. Hong Kong Flu – The Ethiopians
    4. Pressure Drop – The Maytals
    5. Them A Laugh And A Ki Ki – The Soul Mates
    6. Walking In The Rain – The Melodians
    7. Satisfaction – Carl Dawkins
    8. Black And White – The Maytones
    9. Rasta Never Fails – The Charmers

    3CD Tracklisting:
    Disc 1
    1. Invitation To Jamaica – Lord Tanamo
    2. Fat Man – Derrick Morgan
    3. Tell Me Darling – Jackie Edwards
    4. Running Around – Owen Gray
    5. Miss Jamaica – Jimmy Cliff
    6. Housewife’s Choice – Derrick And Patsy
    7. Give Me All Your Love – The Continentals
    8. Darling Patricia – Owen Gray
    9. Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole
    10. Man To Man – Kentrick Patrick
    11. Uno-Dos-Tres – Stranger & Ken
    12. Slow Boat – Al T. Joe
    13. Rude Boy – Duke Reid’s Group
    14. Gone Is Yesterday – Higgs & Wilson
    15. I'm In The Mood For Ska – Lord Tanamo
    16. Virginia Ska – The Baba Brooks Band
    17. Satan – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

    Disc 2
    1. One Eyed Giant – Baba Brooks & His Band
    2. Every Night – Joe White And Chuck
    3. King Size – Baba Brooks & His Band
    4. Syncopate – The Astronauts
    5. Keep The Pressure On – Winston & George
    6. Oh Babe – The Techniques
    7. Train To Skaville – The Ethiopians
    8. Rudy, A Message To You - Dandy Livingstone
    9. Dreader Than Dread – Honey Boy Martin & The Voices
    10. It's Raining – The Three Tops
    11. The Whip – The Ethiopians
    12. Pretty Africa – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    13. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis & The Flames
    14. Rock Steady Train – Ewan & Jerry
    15. King Without A Throne – Sugar Simone
    16. Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon

    Disc 3
    1. Musical Train – Roy Shirley
    2. Do The Beng Beng – Derrick Morgan
    3. Way Of Life - Lynn Taitt & The Jets
    4. Second Fiddle – Tommy McCook & The Supersonics
    5. People Funny Boy – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
    6. I've Got To Get You Off My Mind – The Tennors
    7. Do The Reggay – The Maytals
    8. Nana – The Slickers
    9. Tell Me Baby – Delano Stewart
    10. Mama Look Deh – The Reggae Boys
    11. Hong Kong Flu – The Ethiopians
    12. Pressure Drop – The Maytals
    13. Them A Laugh And A Ki Ki – The Soul Mates
    14. Walking In The Rain – The Melodians
    15. Satisfaction – Carl Dawkins
    16. Black And White – The Maytones
    17. Rasta Never Fails – The Charmers

    Various Artists

    Scorcha! Skins, Suedes And Style From The Street

      Half a century ago, vast numbers of British working-class youths adopted a style that reflected both their attitude and tastes. Dubbed by the country’s media as ‘skinhead’, the look starkly contrasted with that of the country’s largely middle-class ‘hippy’ population, drawing heavily on the smart, practical and stylish fashions introduced to the UK by the Windrush generation. The Caribbean influence was even more evident in the music that provided the soundtrack to the skinhead scene: reggae.

      To finally set the record straight about this greatly mis-understood sub-culture, celebrated writers, Paul 'Smiler' Anderson and Mark Baxter have penned a brand new book, ‘Scorcha! Skins, Suedes and style from the Streets - 1967 to 1973’. In addition, the pair have also compiled a companion 7” vinyl box set of the same title, comprising ten 45s, each featuring a pair of reggae classics favoured by first generation skinhead record buyers.

      Pressed on high quality vinyl and presented in sturdy reproduction Trojan-branded sleeves, the singles are accompanied by an insert featuring a fascinating essay on the music and those on the scene by the book’s co-author, Paul Anderson. 


      TRACK LISTING

      SINGLE 1:
      Skinhead Girl – Symarip
      Jombo Jet– Gloria All Stars

      SINGLE 2:
      C.N. Express (Part 1) – Clancy’s All Stars
      I Can’t Get Next To You – Dave Barker & The Charmers

      SINGLE 3:
      It Miek – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
      Worries– The Versatiles

      SINGLE 4:
      Bang Bang Lulu –Lloyd Terrel
      Train ToSoulsville – Cool Sticky

      SINGLE 5:
      Girl Of My Dreams – Cornel Campbell
      Leaving Rome – Jo Jo Bennett &Mudie’s All Stars

      SINGLE 6:
      Sweet Sensation – The Melodians
      Rock Away – The Tommy McCook Quintet

      SINGLE 7:
      Freedom Street – Ken Boothe
      Guns OfNavarone – Freddie Notes & The Rudies

      SINGLE 8:
      Everyday Is Just A Holiday – The Sensations
      Soul Food –Lyn Taitt& The Jets

      SINGLE 9:
      Don’t Stay Away – Phyllis Dillon
      Satisfaction – Carl Dawkins

      SINGLE 10:
      Shades Of Hudson – Dennis Alcapone
      The Scorcher – Errol Dunkley

      Desmond Dekker

      Pretty Africa

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Recorded at Chalk Farm Studio in the summer of 1973, this long-lost album, showcasing the talents of reggae superstar Desmond Dekker and his backing group, the Aces, was recently discovered in the legendary Trojan archives. Comprising 7 superb sides performed by Desmond Dekker himself, and a further five highlighting the not inconsiderable vocal talents of the Aces, we are sure fans will agree that the 45 year delay in the release of this previously unissued collection has certainly been well worth the wait!

        John Holt

        1000 Volts Of Holt

          Originally released in 1974 this album is made up of cover versions of classic pop and soul tracks, all rendered in a soulful reggae style. Reggae balladeer John Holt wraps his silken voice around standards like 'Never Never Never', 'Baby I'm A Want You', 'Help Me Make It Through The Night', 'Mr Bojangles' and 'Killing Me Softly With Her Song'. If you like smooth reggae you'll love the voice of John Holt. There's nothing rootsy or challenging here, just soulful reggae interpretations of some great songs, delivered in a clear, concise and heart-felt manner.

          Various Artists

          Original Soul Reggae Classics

            Black American music has had a profound influence on the national sound of Jamaica and no more so was this apparent than during the early to mid-1970s when soul and funk ruled the airwaves. Featured on a brand new album are 12 of the most sought-after reggae interpretations of R&B dance-fillers, performed by a dozen of the greatest Jamaican talents of the period. Mastered from the best available analogue source, the record is pressed on 180gm vinyl and presented in a stylishly designed sleeve that is in keeping with the other titles in the recently launched genre-themed range. 


            Various Artists

            Original Vintage Reggae Classics

              Towards the close of 1968, the cool sound of Jamaican rock steady was supplanted by a jumpier, more energetic style that today we know as reggae. Within a year of its creation, this irresistible dance music went ‘outernational’, primarily through the efforts of Trojan Records, which helped place reggae singles on pop charts the world over. But by the mid-seventies, the relatively carefree sound of this early style of reggae had been widely replaced by a more serious, inward-looking style that primarily focused religious and cultural themes. This collection, highlights a dozen major Jamaican hits between 1969 and 1972, a time before the rise of roots and dub, when the music was made simply for having a good time. As with all releases in Trojan’s exciting new genre-themed series, the LP is pressed on high quality 180gm vinyl and, in true Tighten Up tradition, housed in an eye-catching sleeve.

              Various Artists

              Original Rude Boy Classics

                During the scorching Jamaican summer of 1966, widespread dissatisfaction over the failure of the island’s government to address social problems ultimately resulted in a sea of violence in and around Kingston.

                As the perpetrators of the unrest, regarded by the authorities as ‘rude boys’ or hooligans, battled with the authorities for control of the streets, their activities became the subject of numerous recordings by a variety of local acts, with popularity of the discs on the island lasting well beyond the period of mass civil unrest.

                Featured here are a dozen of the best-known ‘rude boy’ tracks, recorded from late ‘66 to early ’67, this essential collection in Trojan’s genre-themed series is pressed on high quality vinyl housed in a handsomely designed sleeve that conveys an authentic yet contemporary feel.

                Susan Cadogan

                Susan Cadogan

                  Susan Cadogan’s self-titled album first saw issue in Jamaica as ‘Sexy Suzie’ in 1975, but was subsequently repackaged by Trojan in the wake of her monster hit, ‘Hurt So Good’. The LP promptly became one of the company’s best selling LPs and in so doing paved the way for the Lovers Rock revolution that followed soon after. Despite this and the fact that today the album is widely regarded as one of the finest romantic reggae collections of all time, it has remained unavailable on vinyl since the 1980s. That oversight is now finally addressed with this deluxe re-issue, which has been mastered from the original Trojan tapes and pressed on the highest quality vinyl.

                  Junior Byles

                  Beat Down Babylon

                    In honour of the 80th birthday of Jamaica's most enigmatic music creator, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Trojan line up a trio of seminal vinyl albums from Perry's most prolific period. Kicking the set off is Junior Byles’ influential roots classic from 1972, "Beat Down Babylon". Comprising the famed singer’s early solo recordings from the previous two years, the LP has since become a widely sought-after collector’s item, often hailed at Lee Perry’s finest work prior to the opening of his Black Ark studio late the following year. Despite its enviable reputation, the LP has been unavailable on vinyl since its original release, with this long overdue reissue sure to delight fans of Perry, early roots and one of Jamaica’s most gifted singer-songwriters. 


                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: Out of press since its original 1972 release, this Lee Perry produced roots masterpiece is back on the black stuff for all the real reggae fans out there.

                    Various Artists

                    Trojan - Original Boss Reggae Classics

                      The late sixties witnessed the development and rise to musical dominance of reggae, with this new, dynamic style rapidly usurping the more languid sound of rock steady that had reigned in Jamaica since 1966. Early reggae recordings were noted for their tempo and high energy, but by the early seventies, the rhythm had slowed significantly, with the mellow vibe commonly associated with the sound gradually established. More recently, however, the early reggae sound that provided the soundtrack for Britain’s original skinheads, has become increasingly popular once again, and today is regarded as a sub-genre of its own. Comprising a dozen of the most popular ‘boss reggae’ tracks of the late sixties (including the UK hit, ‘Wet Dream’ by Max Romeo), this essential collection in Trojan’s new genre-themed series is pressed on high quality 180gm vinyl housed in a handsomely designed sleeve that conveys an authentic yet contemporary feel.

                      Various Artists

                      Trojan - Original Rock Steady Classics

                        The immediate successor to ska, the soulful sound of rock steady first developed during the long hot summer of 1966 and reigned supreme for two glorious years before finally being superseded by reggae. During its two years as the national sound of Jamaica, many of the rhythms that were to provide the backbone for the island’s music were created. This superb collection features 12 of the most significant recordings of the rock steady era, including the UK hits, ‘007’ and ‘Train To Skaville’, as well as the original 1967 version of ‘The Tide Is High’.

                        Various Artists

                        Trojan - Original Roots Classics

                          During the mid to late seventies Jamaican music was dominated by roots reggae – a style that focused upon the Rastafarian faith, political wrong-doings and cultural heritage. Although it had ran its course in Jamaica by the early eighties, elsewhere in the world, roots has remained one of the most popular sub-genres of reggae around. This compilation highlights 10 of the finest and most sought-after roots sides of the seventies, performed by many of its main protagonists. As with all releases in Trojan’s exciting new genre-themed series, the LP is pressed on high quality 180gm vinyl and, in true Tighten Up tradition, housed in an eye-catching sleeve. 


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